Lake Effect - An Ocean
Effect is the project of Bob Davis and Neil Artwick, two professional
musicians from Chicago. Both have a long history of an musical career
with many contacts to legends as Robert Irving (Keyboardist of Miles
Davis), John Secada, Keith Carradine, Luther Vandross, Michael
Jackson, Al Jarreau, Mavis Staples and BeBe & CeCe Wynans.
Although top notch artists they have the same problem as many other
artists: A perfect album, but no contract with a label promoting this
product. Anyway this album is worth a listen. So check it out.
The album "An Ocean
Away" is outlined as a smooth jazz album and for some exposure
you find their music at www.smoothjazzband.com
. The album starts with 10 % More, a
hooking melody, well presented by Bob Davis smooth guitar and
accompanied by Neil's piano. The perfect arrangement is refined with a
strong horn section reminding at the group Chicago.
Universe is following the same concept: a professional blend of
melody and instrumental music. This tune is featuring the fantastic
sax player Warren Hill. Neil Artwick plays the melody structure on
piano, followed by Warren, who takes over the the theme.
Lover has a nice keyboard intro opening to Bob's presentation
on guitar. The song is polished and radio-friendly.
The title Used
To Be A Cha-Cha let's await something Latin, but it's more a
lyrical smooth jazz tune with a light Cha-Cha rhythm.
Now you know
continues the Latin rhythm structure. A
femal voice is whispering and breathing to Neil's piano play. Neil has
more opportunity to demonstrate his piano skills, although the tune is
still very melody oriented.
A further relaxing tune is A.M.
. Bob Davis and Neil Artwick are standing in the middle of the smooth
jazz genre. One can recognize many elements, we have already often
heard on smooth jazz radio stations.
Me is a slow melody energized by Neil's piano play. The
professionalism of both players veiled the simple-mindedness of this
More action and tempo is to find
on Storm At Sunrise with an impressing
trumpet solo based on a grooving drummachine rhythm.
The same groove has Balancing
Act, which will activate some radio djs. I personally like a
perfect arranged drum program added with light acid jazz elements.
The album slows down again with Lema,
a romantic guitar tune backed by a string arrangement. Some music for
the background of a candlelight dinner. Steve Cole adds his well-known
sax for some notes.
Island is featuring Leo Gandleman on sax accompanied by
humming female vocals. It's a Bossa Nova melody, with South American
(shakers), a goggo bells (cowbells)
and cuicas ( a drum with a stick in the middle, which will be rubbed),
the whole Brazilian rhythm arrangement. Neil's piano play is
More of this on Something
New. Neil shows anew his mastership, especially on his short
excursions to improvisations.
Away is a furthermore tune for fireplace hours. A slowtempo
tune with a melting atmospheric melody.
Final tune is New
Blues. A kicking tune with some hammond B3, jamming guitar
riffs and a phat horn arrangement.
I hope Lake Effect will get the
chance to spread their music to a wide audience. They deserve it.